Dealer used Kinder eggs

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 10 June 2010

A drug dealer, who hid his amphetamine supplies in children's Kinder chocolate eggs, has been jailed for 21 months. Exeter Crown Court heard 46-year-old Graham Mitchell was twice stopped by police in East Devon and the drugs were found in the chocolate eg

A drug dealer, who hid his amphetamine supplies in children's Kinder chocolate eggs, has been jailed for 21 months.Exeter Crown Court heard 46-year-old Graham Mitchell was twice stopped by police in East Devon and the drugs were found in the chocolate eggs. Further searches of his home were also carried out and further stashes of drugs were found there. Mitchell was also caught with large amounts of cash on him and at his property.Prosecutor Tom Bradnock said Mitchell was twice stopped in Exmouth and once in Sidmouth, where he turned up at a house where a drugs raid was in progress.In all Mitchell was caught with more than £1,000 worth of amphetamine and more than £1,000 in cash.The offences occurred between November 2006 and July 2007 and Mitchell admitted that he could not fund the drug buying through legal means. He said he sold some of the amphetamine to fund his own habit but since being caught he had given up the drug. As far as the cannabis was concerned, he smoked it like other people smoked cigarettes but he had not dealt in it.He also claimed that some of the cash which had been found on him and at his home was from buying and selling items, mainly used cars.Mitchell, of Lock Close, Sidmouth, pleaded guilty to five charges of possessing amphetamine with intent to supply it, three of possessing the cash as criminal property and one of possessing cannabis.The court heard he had 72 previous convictions, some of which were for drugs offences.Passing sentence Recorder Llewellyn Sellick said the offences were far too serious for anything other than immediate custody and the message had to go out that those involved in drug dealing would receive prison terms.

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